I was wondering if you could settle a debate for me. OK, now growing up, I learned that when you make pasta, you should always put the pasta in only after the water has come to a rolling boil.
Of course, you start with the water coming out of the tap cold rather than hot, that's no question, but you have to wait until the cold water comes to a rolling boil before putting in your pasta, no matter what.
My mom always said that waiting until you had a good rolling boil going made the pasta taste better -- something about the rolling boil causes it to be chewier, or more al dente or something.
But now my boyfriend swears that waiting until the water is at a rolling boil is incorrect, and that that can actually cause problems when you make your pasta.
Can you settle this debate for us? Is there even a right answer? I'm really curious to know, help me out!